Pentagon Wants to Raise Purchase Card Maximum to $10,000
The Pentagon wants to accelerate procurements by raising the “micro-purchase threshold” for using a government credit card from the current $3,000 maximum to $10,000 as part of the fiscal 2017 Defense authorization act.
The proposed language, first reported by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, would also require the Office of Management and Budget to update its guidance to help ensure that agencies follow “sound acquisition practices when using the government purchase card” and “maintain internal controls that reduce the risk of fraud, waste and abuse.”
The increase would also apply to similar tools called fleet cards and integrated payment cards. The language did not, however, make it into the House Armed Services Committee chairman’s mark of the NDAA, though legislative sources say it has not been ruled out for floor consideration. The committee reported out its version of the authorization bill on April 28.